Pochettino – a look at the mistakes that cost Spurs silverware

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Mauricio Pochettino is undoubtedly one of the stand out young managers, if not managers, in world football right now.

Since arriving in North London, he has transformed Tottenham into a top four side, challenging for titles and trophies.

However, there are still two things missing from his reign, funding and silverware.

Spurs tumbled out of the FA Cup this evening after losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace, and there were a number of mistakes from the Argentine that led to Tottenham’s demise.

It is well know that Poch doesn’t see the domestic cups as his main priority, and that attitude is the first nail in the coffin in my opinion.

However optimistic you are as a fan, the cups are still currently Spurs’ easiest and most realistic route to a trophy, and neglecting them is just to continue the decade long wait without so much as a fight.

Poch’s line up this evening was a joke, choosing a mixture of players who rarely ever start, and a few more coming back from injury.

Walker-Peters on his weak foot. Trippier out of form. An unfit Eric Dier. Inexperienced Oliver Skipp. Deadwood Nkoudou. Struggling Llorente. An unfit Lucas Moura.

Realistically, these players were never going to be capable of beating Premier League opposition today, and perhaps Poch knew that.

He left Eriksen at home, despite the fact that the away match was still in London, and he was already without Kane, Alli, and Son.

Not even naming Eriksen on the bench seemed completely absent of any logic, as did not adding Harry Winks and Danny Rose to the match when Spurs were clearly knocking on the door in the second half.

Tow players in form, attacking, and on the top of their game could have made all the difference. But instead, fans were treated to a sloppy and unfit Victor Wanyama, recently back from injury, an academy graduate, and Mr Left Foot, Erik Lamela.

It just seemed as though Pochettino barely tried to win today.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Out of two cups in four days. Lewis if you’re not going to put some money into the squad, then fuck off and sell the club. Levy needs to make money available, signing Rabiot if it happens won’t be enough, we are so short in too many departments. Players that have to go, Nkoudou, Llorente, Lamela, Wanyama, Janssen. That’s just for starters, some of the worst displays I’ve seen from, Trippier, Walker Peters, Dier, Sanchez and Moura. It really does show, take out Eriksen, Alli, Kane and Son and our team is mid table at best, no squad depth at all and that is down to lack of investment in the team and the only person to blame for that is Levy, if some serious investment doesn’t happen this window and in the summer Lewis and Levy have to go or Pochettino will, we need an owner that is prepared to back the manager not take money out of the club witch Lewis has always done.

  2. Did not understand the team selection!
    Spurs need more quality squad players
    Levy need to support Poch or move on he has and is holding the team and manager back
    Lewis needs to stump up the cash or move on as well
    If not players will leave Spurs will not attract quality players
    This will impact the mgr and the fans!

  3. Listen, Pochettino has to prioritize our EPL position and the next round of the CL. With all the recent injuries & Son being out, he had NO CHOICE, but to play whom he chose. Spurs should have won this tie, but the likes of Trippier, Lorente, Lamella, Moura, didn’t take their bloody chances. The blame, does NOT fall at Pochettino’s feet, he did the best with those players he had, plus he had to save Eriksen & Winks for the midweeK EPL game, and the rest of games without Kane and Alli, which include the PL clash with Dortmund !

    • Agree that the players on the pitch should not have lost the match and it was an awful day at the office for those mentioned above. Poch put out a very strong team at the Spammas and Goons away which we won.

      Lewis has lost about £850m in the recent stock market woes, but he still has a couple of £bill left. So since Poch as been here he has bought and sold some of players below. He inherited Lamela?/Soldado? We all have our own opinions about good/bad buys, but to me Poch has bought some top players and wasted quite a few £mil on rubbish.
      Ben Davies
      Michel Vorm
      Federico Fazio
      Eric Dier
      Dele Alli
      Son Heung-min
      Clinton Njie
      Kevin Wimmer
      Kieran Trippier
      Toby Alderweireld
      Moussa Sissoko
      Vincent Janssen
      Victor Wanyama
      Georges-Kevin N’Koudou
      Pau Lopez
      Davinson Sanchez
      Serge Aurier
      Fernando Llorente
      Juan Foyth
      Paulo Gazzaniga
      Lucas Moura

      Three league home games coming up which will be difficult (don’t care where they are in table) so a few draws might be on the horizon with Chelski and Goons following those. Oh, Dortmund as well. COYS

  4. What choice did he have? We all know Tottenham’s depth problems. He should have fielded this team for the Carabao as well. All that matters is trying to keep our meagre resources fresh for league and CL.

  5. I think it’s funny how we constantly rest players for cup games even when our squad is already stretched from injuries, then we lose and wonder why we’re not winning trophies. We even rest players for Champions League games because we have an important League game a few days later and we want to concentrate on getting top 4 to qualify for The Champions League. Makes no sense. Are players these days not capable of playing a midweek game after playing at the weekend? Or are they concentrating too much on their new hair style or new tattoo? If other Top 6 sides can win the league and also cups, then there’s no reason at all why Tottenham can’t do the same. If a player needs a full week between games then he shouldn’t be playing for us.

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